I've been trying to persuade the boys (all three of them) that it's still worth doing this. I've cleared out the linen cupboard and recycled a number of old curtains from taller houses which will never be any use here. I've given away numerous old pairs of trousers which I will never wear again. I've persuaded Sam (I think) to part with some of his heritage collection of old motoring books. And bravest of all, I've spent the last two days clearing out Ben's bedroom. The result has been three black bin-liners full of total junk, and three or four boxes full of toys to be given away or sold. Even now, Ben still has quite a lot of stuff in his bedroom... but at least it's all now there for a reason.
I've learned a few lessons from the clear-out too. For example:
- any food, if left long enough under the bed, turns into a small pile of brown dust
- never give a staple gun to a 12-year-old, especially if you value your carpet
- sticky substances in any science set will spread themselves all over every surface